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Posted by Carol on September 01, 2000 at 11:10:06:

In Reply to: Re: WPW posted by Ken on September 01, 2000 at 00:48:08:

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I'd love some input on this. My daughter's husband went to the ER about 3 years ago, after feeling his heart beating rapidly, he also was nauseous and feeling light headed. He was in the hospital for about 3 days, never actually diagnosed with anything. They released him without any meds after running him through some tests. Nothing happened until last month, and his heart starting again with the rapid heartbeat, this is 3 years after the first episode. " The first time in the hospital he was "vomiting" and that seemed to straighten him out a little." This time he had been at work in the sun doing his job , wasn't sick or feeling faint, just could feel his heart out of control. I can't remember the heartbeats per minute at this time. This is a different hospital, they did more tests, his thyroid was okay, but we noticed on his medical records that the cardiologist had noticed a possible pattern of WPW Type B. After 3 days, they sent him home with Calan (verapamil) and said he needed to make an appt with the cardiologist. Anyway, my question is, is this the way WPW works, only happening every 3 years, he doesn't drink or smoke, never has, and is 27 years. Healthy otherwise. Or since both episodes happened in the summer heat, could that be heat stroke. I'm not trying to second guess a specialist. But it seems odd to me. Thanks for any info.

: As you may or may not know WPW stands for Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. It is an adnormal heart rhythm where electrical impulses of the heart are conducted along an extra pathway from the atria (upper chambers of the heart) to the ventricles (lower chambers of the heart). This extra pathway is usually present at birth, but seems to conduct impulses through the heart only occasionally. It can appear early in life or can occur as late as about the age of 60.

: To learn more about WPW, I suggest you visit the web site of The American Heart Assn. I have given the URL. Use their Heart & Stroke A-Z Guide and look up WPW.

: Ken

Thanks, Ken, for answering. I'll visit the site. I've been trying to read up on this. And sorry for the extra note.

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